Using spiritual interventions in practice: Developing some guidelines from evidence-based practice

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Abstract

Research indicates that many social work practitioners are interested in using spiritual interventions in clinical settings. Unfortunately, studies also indicate that practitioners have frequently received minimal training on the topic during their graduate education. Drawing from the evidence-based practice movement, this article develops some guidelines to assist practitioners in using spiritual interventions in an ethical, professional manner that fosters client well-being.These guidelines can be summarized under the following four rubrics: (1) client preference, (2) evaluation of relevant research, (3) clinical expertise, and (4) cultural competency. The article concludes by emphasizing that these overlapping guidelines should be considered concurrently, in a manner that privileges clients' needs and desires in the decision-making process.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)149-158
Number of pages10
JournalSocial work
Volume56
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2011

Keywords

  • Cultural competence
  • Evidence-based practice
  • Interventions
  • Spirituality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science

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